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UPS Worldwide Express Freight is an air freight service, available through WorldShip, UPS Internet Shipping and UPS CampusShip, for palletized shipments over 150 pounds. For international shipments, the maximum weight of a pallet may vary by destination or origin. Freight shipments over 4,400 pounds require prior authorization. Pickup or drop-off must be scheduled for each UPS Worldwide Express Freight shipment using the UPS package shipping system, ups.com or by calling 1-800-782-7892.
Palletizing freight helps multi-piece shipments remain together and provides increased protection from damage. Each pallet, including its contents, is considered one piece.
Loose items, such as boxes or containers that have not been secured to a pallet, are considered non-palletized freight. Each loose item is considered one piece.
When considering whether to palletize your shipment, it is important to remember that minimum billable charges can affect the way your shipment is billed.
|Example Freight Billable Weight: Minimum Billable Weight|
|Minimum Billable Weight|
|Number of Pieces|
|Length Each||Width Each||Height Each||Weight Each||Minimum Billable Weight||Actual Weight|
Dimensional Weight Domestic
|Dimensional Weight International||Billable Weight|
|10||10"||10"||10"||14 lbs.||151 lbs.||140 lbs.||52 lbs.||61 lbs.||151 lbs.|
Pallets are portable rigid platforms used to consolidate shipments and allow for ease of freight movement. Quality pallets are commonly made of either wood or plastic and can weigh between 20 and 70 lbs. Pallets should be large enough to accommodate the shipment without overhang. Anything overhanging the pallet edges will be subjected to impacts that can result in punctures, abrasions, and compression damage.
UPS palletizes most freight shipments for ease of movement. For air freight shipments, if your non-palletized shipment does not meet the minimum billable weight per piece, consider palletizing prior to UPS pickup.
The following are basic step-by-step instructions for palletizing your freight for UPS Worldwide Express Freight, Air Freight and LTL shipments.
For shipments that contain boxes or stackable pieces
Use strapping or banding to secure your shipment to the pallet, and stretch wrap (use a minimum of 60 gauge, five revolutions recommended) to prevent pieces from getting lost or separated from the load.
Label each pallet with telephone numbers and complete address information including postal code of the shipper and the consignee. For UPS Worldwide Express Freight, label each pallet with a label on each side of the pallet and on top of the pallet with telephone numbers and complete address information, including the postal code of the shipper and the consignee.
Note: Pre-authorization is required for air freight shipments that exceed any of the following (length, width, and height limits below do not apply to UPS Worldwide Express Freight):
Load protectors are layers of corrugated fiberboard or heavy paperboard that help to evenly distribute the weight of shipments that can be stacked upon one another.
Corner boards increase vertical stacking strength, prevent damage to corner edges, and stabilize the load. They should extend to the full height and length of the load, and should be used on all corners.
Stretch wrapping is an effective way to keep all pieces of a shipment together. The plastic stretch wrap should first be applied around the pallet and continued upward around the load.
Stretch wrap is designed to stabilize the load, not to secure it to the pallet. Strapping or banding should be used in conjunction with stretch wrap to secure the load to the pallet.
Strapping prevents pieces from getting lost or separated from the load. It should be drawn tightly to the load which may require running it underneath the top deck boards of the pallet.
Pickup is included in all air and LTL freight services. Your freight pickup request is initiated when you Create a Shipment for freight on UPS.com.
Note: Some shipment pickup requests require pre-authorization. Refer to the UPS Air Freight Terms and Conditions of Contract or to UPS Freight's Rules and Charges.
Each piece of palletized or non-palletized freight must be clearly marked with telephone numbers and complete address information including postal code of the shipper and the consignee. Indicate on freight labels if any pieces require Check to Shipper (C.O.D.) service.
The air waybill is generated when you Create a Shipment for freight on UPS.com. It is a required shipping document that provides shipment details including destination, shipper, and type of delivery service. The air waybill serves as instructions for UPS and as a receipt for the shipper.
Use a laser printer to print three copies of the waybill.
Shipments should be ready for pickup at the time indicated by the shipper. Shipments should also be in a location easily accessible to the freight pickup driver and vehicle.